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Ultimate Japan


22 days from £3,385pp Inc. international flights

Explore all the best bits of Japan, taking ample time to explore Tokyo and Kyoto as well as quieter, rural and lesser-visited spots along the way.

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At a Glance

Tailoring your trip

This itinerary is designed to give you a flavour of what is possible

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements
  • Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

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Itinerary Route Map - 22 Days

Tokyo skyline at nightTokyo, JapanYoung women in kimonoGinza nightlife, TokyoTsumagoHida Folk Village, near TakayamaFushimi Inari shrine, KyotoJapanese lady in summer kimonoKyoto, JapanPagoda at the Kiyomizudera, KyotoTokyo and Mt Fuji

Our Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary:

  • Add in an extra week to visit Kyushu island in the south, home to volcanoes and hot springs.
  • If temple lodgings do not appeal then replace Koyasan with a stay on Naoshima in the Inland Sea.
  • In the summer take two days to visit the Noto Peninsula, north of Kanazawa for rugged coastal scenery.
  • For beach scenery visit the Izu Peninsula, a couple of hours from Tokyo.

Highlights of this itinerary

  • Simple temple lodgings on Mount Koya.
  • Walking the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.
  • Visiting Kanazawa's Kenrokuen garden in the morning.
  • Shirakawago village's traditional "gassho zukuri"housing.
  • Getting under the surface in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Day by Day Legend Legend
  • Outbound Flight
  • Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Excursion
  • Cruise
  • Train Journey
  • Return Flight

Day 1 London

Today you fly overnight to Tokyo.

Day 2 Tokyo

You arrive in Tokyo, and will be met by our representative and shown to the correct limousine bus to take you to your city centre hotel. They will also help you exchange your rail pass and make any train reservations necessary.

Day 3 Tokyo

Have a day in Tokyo to explore at your leisure.

Day 4 Tokyo

Make your way to Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine complex.

Day 5 Tokyo

A second full day in Tokyo allows you the chance to first visit Tsukji fish market, bright and early around 5am. Later you can take in some of the quieter neighbourhoods or do some serious shopping!

Day 6 Tokyo Tsumago

Travelling by express train, you head to the quiet postal village of Tsumago.

Day 7 Tsumago Takayama

Today walk part of the scenic Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome, along the road that once connected Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Later, travel further into the Alps to Takayama, a quaint town with an interesting merchant district and sake breweries.

Day 8 Takayama

Explore Takayama at your own pace

Day 9 Takayama Kanazawa

Travel to Kanazawa, home to one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen.

Day 10 Kanazawa

Visit the garden, Geisha district and Samurai quarters today, along with the artisan gold leaf making workshops.

Day 11 Kanazawa Hiroshima

Take the express train to Osaka and then board the bullet train on to Hiroshima. You have the afternoon at leisure after this long day of travel.

Day 12 Hiroshima

Have a full day to explore Hiroshima, including the evocative Peace Park and Memorial Museum, dedicated to the memory of the tragic events of August 6th 1945.

Day 13 Hiroshima

Today cross over to the scenic Miyajima Island, with its "floating" torii gate, which is said to be one of the most beautiful spots in all Japan. On the way back to Hiroshima, visit the small town of Iwakuni.

Day 14 Hiroshima Kyoto

Travel on to Kyoto, the ancient capital and cultural heart of Japan. Enjoy the afternoon taking part in a traditional Japanese crafts or cultural activity of your choice, such as tea ceremony or calligraphy.

Day 15 Kyoto

Explore Kyoto at your own pace today, taking in some of the temples, shrines and traditional shopping streets.

Day 16 Kyoto

Have a full day to visit the quiet gardens of Kyoto, such as Ryoanji at your leisure. In the evening you will be escorted by a knowledgeable private guide on a walk around the Gion district.

Day 17 Kyoto Kyoto

Visit nearby Fushimi-Inari Shrine this morning to see the iconic tunnel of red "torii" gates. Later, continue by train to Nara to see the Todaiji Buddha and tame deer park.

Day 18 Kyoto Mount Koya

Using the travel pass provided take the train and funicular rail to Koyasan, the sacred Buddhist town on Mount Koya. You overnight in simple temple lodgings, where vegan food is served and early morning prayer observation is a must.

Day 19 Mount Koya Hakone & Mt Fuji

Explore the town today, including the cemetery and Garan Temple. Take the train back down the mountain to Osaka, and then continue by train to the Hakone National Park. This is a long day of travelling but with some great scenery en route.

Day 20 Hakone & Mt Fuji

Using the travel pass provided take in the Open Air Sculpture Museum, Owakudani Valley and the cable car that provides views of Fuji on a clear day.

Day 21 Hakone Tokyo

Return to Tokyo for your final afternoon in Japan.

Day 22 Tokyo

Take the limousine bus to the airport for the return flight home.


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